It’s been almost a year since rising Portland artist TOPE packed up his bags, dropped the single Miss Me When I’m Gone, and moved to Oakland to pursue music full time.
Since leaving the City of Roses, TOPE has toured with Gift Of Gab, produced for Slum Village, dropped another classic beat tape in his FREE LEMONADE series, created his own PR firm, licensed some music to the Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club and that is only some of his accolades from this year. Now halfway through 2016, TOPE is gearing up for a huge summer. With a 23 city tour and new album to follow, TOPE has no plans of slowing down.
Back and even better, TOPE releases the visual for the Stewart Villain produced single, Better Place. Directed by Evan Croker and filmed in some of San Francisco’s most iconic locations: Dolores Park, Clarion Alley, Grace Cathedral, and the Golden Gate Bridge – visually, Better Place might be TOPE’s most striking video to date. Lyrically, TOPE picks up where he left off on MMWIG. He gives us the details on his move to the Bay, personal life, budding music career and much more over a classic Lauryn Hill sample freaked by one of the NW’s top producers Stewart Villain.
WATCH: TOPE – BETTER PLACE https://youtu.be/jjKVFuBAikM
Plus be on the look out for the 3AM Tour this summer and TOPE’s new album 3AM IN OAKLAND coming soon as well!
MORE INFO ON TOPE
Producer / Rapper TOPE is considered one of the top up and coming artists in the Northwest region and has been recently featured on XXL, The Source, 2DopeBoyz, Okayplayer, Jay-Z’s Life + Times, Hip Hop Wired, Hip Hop DX, andmore for his album latest BROKE BOY SYNDROME. Since his debut album in 2010, TOPE has produced and/or collaborated with artists including Slum Village, Blu, Planet Asia, TiRon, Myka 9, Abstract Rude, Scarub of Living Legends, LMNO, and many many more. With a commanding stage presence and energetic live show, TOPE has shared stages with hip hop legends including Nas, Mobb Deep, Talib Kweli, Run The Jewels, Deltron 3030, Big KRIT, Dom Kennedy, Black Milk, Mac Miller, Ty Dolla $ign, Digable Planets, Hieroglyphics, Aesop Rock, The Coup, People Under The Stairs, Macklemore and countless others. In early 2014 TOPE also gained attention from Soul icon Erykah Badu herself for his TAKE YOUR TIME video. 2015 saw TOPE licensing music to Oxygen for his first TV placements, plus headlining his first West Coast tour.
Recently, TOPE has relocated to the Bay Area and briefly toured with Gift Of Gab from Blackalicious as well as performing at A3C Festival in Atlanta. Currently TOPE is working on his new album 3AM IN OAKLAND + 23 city tour to follow this June.
Recent TOPE Press
The Source – Oh Sh!t
XXL Mag – Let It Go ft Blu
Okayplayer – Broke Boy Syndrome (Album)
Hip Hop Wired – Red Light ft CashUs King
2DopeBoyz – Still Dope / Wild One
Oregonian – Take Your Time / Erykah Badu Shout Out
Sonic Bids – EPK